Steve's career goal was to join the management team of the aerospace company, by he lacked an understanding of finance. In order to focus on building knowledge in that space, he wanted to apply to a top finance-focused business school. The challenge was that at 35 years, he was older than the median class age and his story would have to justify the “why now” question.
Because Steve started working with us one year before his MBA application, we were able to work closely with him to guide him on what projects he should be taking up at work and what co-curricular activities he should become involved in. Through regular check-ins, we worked with Steve in developing his MBA storyline based on the progress at work. This cadence also helped Steve retake the GMAT and improve his score from 680 to 730, as our team encouraged him to focus on building a strong application all around.
We looked at Steve’s work experience and saw a clear trend of his focus on long term impact. Throughout his career, he had always chosen projects that were hard in terms of execution but had a huge impact on the company and the industry. Those choices had provided a plethora of stories that showed Steve leading and motivating teams to bring some of those ideas to fruition. Our essay editing team ensured that his essays and scholarship applications highlighted this, as the average MBA applicant would not have such experiences to portray. By highlighting Steve's extensive leadership experience, we were able to use his long work history to his advantage.
Steve had applied to Booth School of Business, Wharton School, NYU Stern, and Columbia Business School. He got admits from Booth, NYU Stern and Columbia Business School. He was also offered a merit-based scholarship by Booth and NYU Stern. He chose to go with Booth.